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Nikon J2 Hands-On Preview

We go hands on with the new mutli-coloured Nikon 1 J2 mirrorless camera.

| Nikon 1 J2 in Mirrorless Cameras
Nikon J2 Hands-On Preview: Nikon 1 Series J2 (10) (Custom)

The Nikon 1 J2, an update to the Nikon 1 J1,  is now available in orange, dark red, white, black, pink, and grey. The Nikon 1 J2 has a more compact 11-27.5mm f/3.5-5.6 lens, as well as a waterproof case.

Nikon J2 Hands-On Preview: Nikon 1 Series J2 (4) (Custom)

Nikon J2 Hands-On Preview: Nikon 1 Series J2 (2) (Custom)

The new 11-27.5mm lens is very compact, almost as small as the 10mm pancake lens, and when mounted on the J2, you begin to understand why Nikon released this lens, as it makes the most of the compact body.  

Nikon J2 Hands-On Preview: Nikon 1 Series J2 (6) (Custom)

There's a new "Creative" mode on the dial which can actually be set to a number of things, including P/A/S/M modes so that you can go directly into the preferred manual shooting mode. Other creative effects available on this include easy panoramic, night landscape, night portrait, backlighting, soft, miniature effect and selective colour.

Nikon J2 Hands-On Preview: Nikon 1 Series J2 (14) (Custom)
Nikon 1 Series J2 Pink, next to the Nikon Coolpix S01

Nikon J2 Hands-On Preview: Nikon 1 Series J2 (11) (Custom)
Nikon 1 Series J2 - this shows the 10-30mm lens on the new orange J2, and the 11-2.5mm on the white J2.

Announced with the J2 is a new underwater housing the WP-N1 - it's waterproof to 40 metres and allows full control of the camera, including the use of optical zoom.

Nikon J2 Hands-On Preview: Nikon S1 J2 Waterproof (4) (Custom)

Take a look at our news story for more information about the Nikon 1 J2.

Nikon 1 J2 Hands-On Photos of Equipment

Nikon 1 J2 Specifications

Image Sensor
Pixels10.1Mp (Megapixels)
Pixels (W)3872
Pixels (H)2592
Sensor TypeCMOS
Sensor SizeCX format
Sensor Size (width)13.2mm
Sensor Size (height)8.8mm
Aspect Ratio
  • 3:2
  • 16:9
LCD Monitor
LCD Monitor3in
Screen resolution921,000 dots
Touch ScreenNo
Focusing modes
  • Autofocus
Exposure Control
Shutter speeds shortest1/16000sec
Shutter speeds longest30sec
Bulb modeYes
Exp modes
  • Program
  • Aperture-Priority
  • Shutter-Priority
  • A
  • Centre-weighted - Average
  • Spot
  • TTL
ISO sensitivity100 - 3200
White balance
  • Auto
  • Manual
  • Outdoors/Daylight
  • Cloudy
  • Incandescent
  • Fluorescent
  • Shade
  • Flash
Exposure Comp+/-3
Viewfinder ResolutionNo Data
MagnificationNo Data
Shooting Options
Continuous shooting60fps
Movie modeYes
Video Resolution
  • 1920x1080 FullHD
  • 1280x720 HD 720p
Video FPS30
Stereo SoundYes
Optical Zoom with VideoYes
Other Features
Image StabilisationNo
Wi-FiNo Data
Card Type
  • SD
  • SDHC
  • SDXC
File Type
  • RAW
  • JPG
  • RAW + JPG
Power Source
Battery TypeRechargeable Li-ion EN-EL20 battery
Battery Life (CIPA rating)230shots
Box Contents
Box ContentsEN-EL20 rechargeable Li-ion battery, MH-27 battery charger, UC-E6 USB cable, EG-CP14 audio/video cable, AN-N1000 strap, BF-N1000 body cap, ViewNX 2/Short Movie Creator CD

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josa Avatar
josa 11 25 Czech Republic
29 Aug 2012 3:36PM
Too little, too late. No VR, few mm shorter, no big deal...why not faster lens when a chip is (compare to APS-C) so small?

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